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Posted By: James Allen  |  08 Jul 2013   |  9:56 am GMT  |  177 comments

Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel finally won his home race with a thrilling victory in the German Grand Prix that saw battles take place all the way to the chequered flag.

Kimi Raikkonen, who has not won a race since the start of the season in Australia, pushed Vettel all the way before crossing the line second while Lotus team-mate Romain Grosjean claimed his second podium of the season with third.

Fernando Alonso once again demonstrated his Ferrari’s pace in the race to rise up the field and limit his losses in the drivers’ standings to championship leader Vettel.

And McLaren’s Jenson Button had one of his strongest drives of the season with sixth – but who was your Driver of the Day?

Sebastian Vettel

Held off a charging Raikkonen in the closing stages to win his fourth race of the season. Made an excellent getaway from second to pass pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton and lead the race into the first corner. Absorbed the pressure from Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber who gave chase. Gradually built up a small lead but saw it neutralised by the safety car. Pitted just after Grosjean to cover the Frenchman and then retook the lead when Raikkonen pitted for the final time. Suffered a loss of Kers briefly so had to push in closing stages but did enough to take his first win on home soil and first in July to extend his championship lead.

Kimi Raikkonen

Pitted from the lead late on but didn’t quite have enough laps to catch and pass Vettel. Made a clean getaway from fourth, but couldn’t find a way past a slow-starting Hamilton. Showed consistent pace and pulled off some impressive overtaking moves after his first stop, passing Hamilton and Rosberg around the outside at the final chicane. Moved up to third which became second and then first when Vettel and Grosjean pitted. Decided to pit late on for soft tyres and though he caught Vettel, didn’t have enough laps to steal the win. Scored his fifth top two-finish in nine races.

Romain Grosjean

Scored his second podium of the season with one of his most consistent drives. Got away cleanly at the start from fifth and found himself in the lead when he managed to go deeper into the race than anyone else on the soft tyres. That pulled him into contention for the race win. Pitted and then chased Vettel in the middle part of the race, but couldn’t find a way past. Lost a place to team-mate Raikkonen who was faster in the closing stages. Finished third to move up to eighth in the drivers’ championship.

Fernando Alonso

Just missed out on the podium but drove another strong race to limit championship losses. Started eighth, after the team decided to qualify on the more durable medium tyre rather than the faster soft tyre, and struggled to make much progress early on. Made up places as his team-mate Felipe Massa retired and then those who started on softs started to pit. Ran as high as second when he pitted. Had a great battle with Hamilton, moving up to fourth. Pitted for soft tyres at the end which allowed him to close on the top three, but ran out of laps to pass Grosjean.

Jenson Button

Tried a different strategy and showed improved pace to finish sixth. Started ninth on the medium tyres and was able to go quite deep into the race, running as high as second. Dropped back down the field when he pitted, but put a good move on team-mate Sergio Perez to move up to fifth. Lost a place to Hamilton in the closing stages as he got held up badly by traffic to finish sixth, which equals his second best result of the season.

So who was your Driver of the Day? Leave a comment at the bottom of this story.

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1

Kimi, who else? Lotus should get their strategy dpt. fixed.

2

Grosjean, as some already said – he could win that race if Lotus wanted it or supported him as Kimi.

But Vettel did a great job keeping his head cool, he won it fair and square and I would said in Alonso’s style …

3

Kimi Raikkonen

4

Webber…for passing the entire field in half a lap!!

But seriously, Vettel this time.

5

Great drives from Vettel,Kimi and (amazingly) Grosean.

Also excellent drive from Webber despite consistent handicapping !!

6

For this race Grosjean over Vettel.

Sometimes it’s almost a tie.

7

Vette, he won Germany finally and put in a good race. Kimi for second, he keeps putting in good performances time and time again. He might have a few more victories this year due to team orders in hindsight. Alonso and Button did well, also.

8

Vettel just beating Button

9

Vettel, pushed 100% the whole race, never even looked like making a mistake

10

Very impressed by Lotus Team insuring team orders for the sake of Kimi’s championship but his team-mate had a lot of pace in Germany. Will give it to GROSJEAN A.K.A Roman Growjohn,Remain Crashing, Romain La Menace… 😉

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Can I say how much I felt annoying on Sunday to watch Nico Rosberg making a point to Mercedes AMG by holding up his team-mate more than necessary? Yes, he was angry because of the Q2 knock-out, yes he couldn’t have a good race not starting from the front row but…Come on Nico! Malaysia is past!

Don’t be silly, you acted badly -something I’ve never thought he’d be doing- and it didn’t put you in a good light.

Massa is the worst driver of this race, Ferrari will never in a Constructors title again if they don’t bring in a solid driver to partner Alonso…

Lady luck easily not on Lewis Hamilton’s side but he never gives up. I’ve noticed that he always manages to grab as much as he can, which shows he’s working on his championship bid with consistency. Obviously well deserved poles but it would be really nice if Mercedes could sort their overheating issues and make that car less brutal on tyres! Also great from him not getting in trouble with teh split -Nicole is past now finally- and focus on his job. Your time will come for sure man!

McLaren has had a decent race for their standards…

This will be a great year although RedBull has this title already sewn on their suits!

11

It seems like Lewis is perfectly copying the Senna strategy, optimise the car set-up for a good pole run rather than concentrating on race set-up like Prost used to do.

12

Raikkonen. He may have had the quicker car on that day, but still he’s always there to get the most out of the car.

13

DOTD: Marko-Pirelli

Respect to Vettel, he is doing his job

14

Newey, of course.

15

haha, the man wasn’t even racing.

16

It had to be Vettel.

This time was absolutely deserved, as it wasn’t one of his “dull” pole-to-win victories.

17
John in San Diego

Vettel

18

Grosjean.

Likely winner without the safety car.

19
Laplce Bessel

Romain Grosjean

20

Vettel!!

He was fantastic. He was never pushed by three different drivers like this in one race. He soaked up all the pressure and delivered. Most importantly, he didn’t have the fastest car on Sunday but still managed to deliver.

21

You said three different drivers which ones were they the only ones I know who pushed Vettel were Kimi and of course grosjean

22

Webber … until his pit stop.

23

Oh yes I remember now sorry.. my mistake I forgot about that phase of the race. Thanks for reminding me your right vettel was able to soak the pressure up and perform without having the fastest car on race trim set up

24

Well my driver of the day is not who you would expect. I am actually going to split it up with 1 person and some else. Someone that might not have even been in Germany much less the track.

My co drivers of the day are Guillaume Rocquelin (Rocky) Sebs race engineer. Those radio calls from Rocky to Seb urging home were the stuff that makes watching every second worthwhile. The second is who ever fixed Sebs KERS.

Runner up was of course Seb. Someone on another post said it best he rarely makes mistakes and those driving a safe race waiting on a mistake are often left waiting until the next event. Is he as dashing and stylish a driver as Sena? Well to be honest I don’t know but I doubt it. But then again he seems to quailify up front and be able to make decisive moves and make them stick. Will we know how good he would be making his way up from the 4th row all time, not right now but that is not his game. His game is precise execution with flawless ruthlessness. That is domination and enjoy that in sport.

Kimi really was scewed by not having the ability to talk to his pit and work out a strategy. However I am not sold that he could have made it without stopping. The pit wall has a tremendous amount of data and Kimi really only had his experience and feel. Those are worth a lot though so hard call.

Congrats to Grosjean maybe these tires (tyres) will work for him.

Webber…who knew your starting issues were so complex that it would require you to do what they call in that barbaric sport of drag racing , back pedal. Back pedaling the car under tyre spin much have take a supercomputer and Detective Columbo to figure out. Who knew it was so, all the time I thought it was a consipeeriacy. (Heavy Sarcism and misspelling on purpose)

Alonso did the best with what he had to work with.

Big loser on the day, FOM. The way they run their pit stops is crazy. Allowing those cameraman down there in the pits is crazy. I love the views though. The problem is that in order to get us a good view they have to be there because the teams are allowed to have 60 people help change tires. OK maybe not 60 but its a lot.

Lastly I am glad to hear the cameraman will be ok. To Mr. Paul Allen you and cameramen like you all over the world are brave and anonymously tell countless stories from races like this one to civil strife to moments of joy and beauty. For that thank you, we don’t do it enough and usually only after something tragic but I am sure all of us watching thought of you last night and wished you well.

25

For me it was Grojean great speed and drive then Vettel

26

Vettel without question.

All around great performance. One of his best wins, I believe.

27

Grosjean. He deserved 2nd with his speed.

28

And also, all credit to him for obeying team orders when many drivers wouldn’t have at the end.

29

No, it’s wrong to obey team orders, it kills the racing. Nobody wants to see contrived results.

30

I’m not saying that it team orders are right. That is irrelevant.

The point is that Grosjean did something that the team had asked him to do, which wasn’t easy, and for that he deserves credit.

31

Grosjean. If not for the safety car he probably would have won.

32

Webber. He probably would have challenged Vettel if the team hadn’t screwed him again.

33

Funny, my Dad was watching a race with me for the first time and I was just getting ready to say: watch this, they’ll botch his stop to hold him up, and blamo!

34
The Spanish Inquisitor

1) Kimi

2) Grojean

3) Vettel

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